Wisconsin’s Governor Argues for Order Blocking Lame-Duck Law

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In this January 22, 2019, file photo Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers addresses a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers during the Governor's State of the State speech at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. The Democratic Governor says a judge should suspend Republicans' lame duck law limiting his powers. Labor unions filed a lawsuit this month challenging the law, which prohibits Evers from pulling the state out of lawsuits without legislative approval and requires state agencies to take down publications explaining how they interpret state law by July unless they send the documents through a public comment period. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

Reprinted from The New York Times by The Associated Press on February 21, 2019.

Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has joined a coalition of labor unions in asking a judge to suspend a lame-duck law passed by the Republican-dominated Legislature that limits his powers, filing an affidavit calling for an injunction to block the measure.

Evers filed the affidavit Wednesday in Madison. He contends in the document that the law violates separation of powers principles, hampers his ability to control litigation on the state’s behalf and could force state agencies to take down tens of thousands of documents explaining how they interpret state statutes.

“This transparent and rushed attempt to stymie the incoming administrations went too far,” the affidavit states. …

NY Times 2/21


Wisconsin Attorney General Won’t Defend Lame Duck Law in Union Lawsuit

Reprinted from The New York Times by The Associated Press on February 21, 2019.

Wisconsin’s Democratic attorney general says he won’t defend a lame-duck law that Republicans passed to limit his powers in a lawsuit that labor unions filed this month challenging the measure.

Attorney General Josh Kaul’s assistants filed court documents Feb. 15 saying his office has a substantial interest in the case’s outcome and that this creates a conflict. The documents say Kaul’s office believes the law is unconstitutional.

Republicans have already selected a private attorney. …

NY Times 2/21

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